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Unearthing the Metal Underground: The Montana Scene

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Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we provide a new batch of bands that aren’t signed to a major label and are making a name for themselves in the underground. This week I’ll be digging into three very different bands in the Montana scene. Although heavy metal is sparse in Montana, there are still a few bands who carry the torch of their respective sub-genres for the fanatics who need their live show fix.

Sometimes the little guy can put on just as much of a show as the household names in metal. Hardcore metallers At Home In Hell have gone out of their way to develop their own unique stage presence and give the best experience possible at every venue they play, from small bars to full scale concerts. The band utilizes strobe lights, black lights, and their own custom costumes to give a very distinct appearance. The band recently came back after an extended break to put on a show to raise funds for the recording of their new full-length album “In Home Hell.” At Home In Hell’s music combines industrial sound effects and samples with aggressive guitar work and screaming vocals to get the audience riled up and ready to break something. One of the high points of their music is the wide range the vocalist displays, as he switches from hardcore shouts, low death growls, and tortured screams with ease. My video interview with the band can be found here. Samples of At Home In Hell’s music can be found at this location.

Rachid of one man metal act Zebulon Kosted is a well known figure in the Montana metal scene. Championing the underground for a decade, Zebulon Kosted has released a truly absurd number of splits, albums, and demos as cassette tapes, CDs, and digital downloads. Pinning down the musician’s sound is an exercise in futility, as nearly every release has something radically different than the last. The base of Zebulon Kosted’s releases is ambience and experimental black metal however, so his music has a lot to offer for anyone who likes the lo-fi sound. Samples of the band's entire musical spectrum can be found at the official MySpace page.

Switch off Safety is another staple of the local metal scene. Combining hardcore elements and sound effects with their heavily distorted thrash guitars, the band knows how to keep the fists pumping and the heads banging, even over comparatively longer songs. Although the vocal range on the songs is limited, the gravelly shouts and yells make the songs more catchy and easy to scream along with. Switch Off Safety’s music samples can be found here.

Certainly there are more quality metal bands in Montana. So if you'd like to recommend some other good underground Montana metal bands, please feel free to discuss them in the comments below.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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1. zMETALlica writes:

Wait wait hold up here. Other than you, people who like metal live in Montana? That's cool. I'll have to check out these bands...

checked em out, i dig switch off saftey a bit, but all these bands have really thin and brittle guitar tones...

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2. mcmbv writes:

im sure montana has something better to offer than this

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3. DrButterfunk writes:

How about ENDever? Grudge?

The metal scene is really quite horrible here, unfortunately. Not many good bands, but a lot of fans.

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4. WhoCareswhoIam writes:

What do you mean the metal scene is horrible... you must be from billings because it is pretty bad there... But Montana has a really cool metal scene.. The problem is if you don't kiss Sadie's (of the F.O.E.) a$$ and let her walk all over you. She won't bring you to Billings... Your problem in billings isn't the "Bands"... It's the "promoter"!!!! f*** Alley Street!!!

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5. YourDaddy writes:

You know what, The reason why AHIH and SOS were recognized, cause they are awesome performers, not taking anything away from other bands, but i've seem almost all the bigger bands perform and those 2 rock it every time.

But I feel there's a new breed of bands hot on their heels I'm talking Thrash Metal Bands my friends,

One band i've heard practice and met were Bloodlist of Great Falls, awesome guys alot of fun and they want to bring a little bit of the old school back along with a touch of everything else so definatelly watch out for those guys.

Now as far as this little Billings Missoula Bozeman and Great Falls tension on who has the better metal bands......there is no such thing as better or the best, these guys do what they do because they love it. Some bands are a little more picky about who they play with and some want to share the stage with everybody,

Let's bring Metal back as a whole and rock the f*** out like we're never gonna live another day.


Also p***s.

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